More than two million people have signed an online national sympathy message for Newtown, Conn.
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Thursday, December 20, 2012
Among dozens of social media items related to the Sandy Hook school shooting, perhaps the most popular is the "PETITION: SIGN the Sandy Hook Elementary School National Sympathy Card." As reported on the cause's page, in less than 48 hours, one million people signed the card, and it was shared more than a million times. The "cause" post serves as both a sympathy card and petition, which will be delivered to Newtown, CT. The card reads, in part, "Our Sincere Condolences. We wish to express our deepest sympathies to all of the families of those lost, to the survivors and their families, and to the others impacted by the senseless and unthinkable tragedy that unfolded at Sandy Hook Elementary School. We cannot begin to comprehend the depth of …
When tragic news breaks, it's important not to get caught up in the anxiety of the event, said one expert.
One of the things that parents worry about in the wake of violent news is how to talk about it with their kids, and after the Connecticut school shooting today, many of our readers might be struggling to answer some questions. Dr. Joanne Plescia, Director of Special Services for the Collingswood Public School District offered some guidance that might be helpful in having these conversations. Above all, she says, the most important thing you can do is to be calm and present to your children and their feelings throughout the conversation. 1. “If they don’t ask questions, it’s okay.” A school shooting is like any kind of tragedy, Plescia said: the more we focus on it, the more our general level of anxiety climbs. She suggests that parents use…